After Working For Anti-Immigrant Hate Group, Kobach Denies Working For A Group That ‘Supports Racial Discrimination’

Critics have attacked Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the anti-immigrant official who wrote Arizona and Alabama’s harmful immigration policies, for his ties to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group that promotes anti-immigrant policies. But Kobach, who worked for FAIR’s legal arm, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, claimed in a Salon interview that he had never worked for a racist organization. “I have not done any legal work for any organization that expresses or supports racial discrimination, nor will I ever do so in the future,” he said. Kobach also claimed that he was unfamiliar with FAIR’s founder John Tanton’s viewpoints. The SPLC has heavily documented FAIR’s white supremacist history and Tanton’s racist comments, including questioning the “educability” of Latinos.